About Us

Our Studio Directors

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Whitney Reed - Owner | Dance Director

Whitney Reed has taught dance since 2006, and has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced competitively for twelve years and has gone through training with Paula Adbul where she was recognized for her outstanding tap skills, Ray Leeper, and Mia Michaels. Whitney's dancers and choreography have been recognized for numerous top 10 placements, "Outstanding Technique", "Showmanship", "Directors Choice Awards", "Outstanding Choreography", "Overall Performance", "A Cut Above", many "Judges Choice Awards", and award winning costumes at regional and national competitions.  Several of Whitney's dancers are also regional and national title holders. Reed Performing Arts Company received the "National Studio of the Year" award in 2016 at Rainbow Nationals in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Most recently RPAC was recognized as the 2018 "ADCC Studio of Excellence" at StarQuest National Talent Competition in Galveston, Texas.  Whitney received a Bachelors Degree in Communication from the University of Missouri - Columbia, a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Park University, and also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.  After completing her Elementary Education degree, Whitney taught fourth grade for five years.  She continues to share her love for teaching with her dancers.  When she is not teaching dance she is spending time with her daughters Anniston and Berkely, and husband Jeff.  

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Jeff Reed - Owner | Theatre Director

Jeff Reed is no stranger to the stage.  He has performed in multiple plays including: Death of a Salesman, The Mouse Trap, The Magicians Nephew, Carousel, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Snoopy.  He was last seen as "Professor Harold Hill" in Summit Theatre Group's production of The Music Man.  Jeff also performed in the world premier of Starlight Theatre's production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.  He has also directed over 30 children's musicals including Aladdin Jr., Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol, Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr., The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition, Beauty and The Beast Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., Seussical Jr., Peter Pan Jr., and The Music Man Jr.  Jeff received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music from Missouri Southern State University and also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.  


Jeff continues to shine on a different stage during the school year as an elementary school teacher.

Our Professional Staff

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Ashlee Baldwin - Instructor

Ashlee has been teaching competitive dance for over 13 years. She started dancing at the age of two and danced competitively until she graduated from high school. She also had the honor to perform as a dancer in The Nutcracker with the Oklahoma City Ballet, The Cathouse Cabaret Burlesque show, as well as performing at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and dancing on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Ashlee also has had the opportunity to take class in New York City at Broadway Dance Center from some amazing instructors. As a choreographer, Ashlee's dancers and choreography have been recognized for numerous top 10 placements at the regional and national level. She has also choreographed for several dance teams, cheer teams, and dance clinics. Currently, she is continuing her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Graceland University and teaching dance at Reed Performing Arts Company in Lees Summit, Mo. She loves teaching and has found a passion in teaching children and will continue to share her passion in dance and in the classroom as well! 

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Jesika Sartain-Cole - Ballet/Tumbling

  

Jesika is a dancer/choreographer graduate from Oklahoma City University and has her Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts. While at Oklahoma City University she studied all styles of dance, including but not limited to: ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, musical theatre, Pointe, ballroom, and hip hop. She has studied with Jo Rowan, Brian Marcum, Patricia Oplatnik, and many other profound teachers and choreographers. She has also been featured as a soloist and has choreographed for the University’s Productions. Jesika has been on tour with the American Spirit Dance Company and was a part of the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular where she worked side by side to Carry Underwood, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, and many other artists. She was a dancer on the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Dance Team and has been featured on multiple Radio and TV Stations. Jesika was also a dancer among the top 50 girls in season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance.  She has studied with Kacico Modern Company and has performed at the annual show in Kansas City “Modern Night at the Folly”. She is a member of Dance Masters of America Chapter 28 and holds two titles along with winning national DMA scholarships.  As well as performing, Jesika has taught at numerous studios, and has adjudicated various dance competitions around the Mid-West.  She has also been a guest choreographer for many high school dance teams around the Kansas City metropolitan area. Jesika is also the co-owner of CJTumble and teaches acro clinics to dance studios and cheer teams.

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Amelia Ellsworth - Ballet Instructor

Amelia Ellsworth was born in Portland, Oregon. She began her formal ballet training at the age of eleven under the direction of Ulla Ames, in which she participated in programs with Madison Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Royal Academy of Dance. Upon graduation of her pre-professional program in 2010, she was accepted into the ranks of Ballet Midwest, where she performed for numerous seasons under the artistic direction of Barbara Ebert and continued her studies with artists such as Paula Weber and Sean Duus. Amelia's favorite roles include the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, Balanchine's Who Care's?, Willis from Jules Perrot's Giselle, and the title roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. Since moving back to Kansas City, she has collaborated with artists from Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and the New York City Ballet, and has been blessed to work with and teach children from all around the metropolitan area as she furthers her education in dance. Amelia is eternally grateful to her family and mentors for all her successes and is excited to be on faculty with Reed Performing Arts Company.

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Tate Weiss - Modern/Contemporary

Miss Tate is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Growing up she danced, trained, and competed with Theatre Arts Inc. and Prestige Dance Company.  At Prestige she worked with artists and choreographers Kate Jablonski and Joey Tarwater. While in high school she attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for three consecutive summers, studying the discipline of modern dance. At OSAI, she had the opportunity to work with modern dance artists Helen Simoneau and Daniel Squire. After graduating high school in 2013 Tate attended the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and graduated in 2017. During her time at UCO, she danced with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company and had several amazing opportunities and adventures with them. In 2016 she was casted as “Maria” in UCO’s version of West Side Story and was named Student Director of the company. Also while at UCO in 2016, she got to perform at the American College Dance Association. In 2017 her piece and senior capstone work “1346” was honored to perform at the American College Dance Association, and later in that year “1346” performed at the Gibney Dance Theatre in New York City. Throughout her time at UCO and with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company she had the chance to work with many amazing artists such as; Noa Shiloh, Bill Evans, Clarence Brooks, Hannah Baumgarten, Lachlan McCarthy, Greg Russell, Will Johnston, Julie Bata, Brandon Fink, and of course her talented professors of dance. She is currently studying at the University of Central Missouri pursing her Master’s in the Art of Teaching and Alternative Certification. This is her third year with Reed Performing Arts Company and she cannot wait for more to come! 

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Kassandra Scott - Jazz Technique/Improv.

At a young age, Kas like many other little girls, loved dancing around the house.  Her parents decided to put her in a little jazz and tap class for fun at the age of 3.  Little did they know that would set off a spark in Kas’ eyes.  Since the first class she ever took, to now, she can’t get enough of dancing.  Even though her dancing started as a fun thing to do it quickly turned into her passion and then her career.  You can catch Kas all around KC in live shows, performances, conventions (where she assists), or you can see some of her pieces she has choreographed at competitions. You may have also seen her in LA, NYC, STL and many more.At the age of fourteen Kas started choreographing at local studios.  Besides her being in shows or choreographing, Kas believes it’s important to train consistently.  No matter what age or how great of a dancer you are there’s always room to grow.  Kas is currently training in drop in classes at studios, conventions, workshops, and currently training in IDL Tigerstylecrew! A few things Kas has said since she was little are “fake it till you make it” and “never give up!”  We are so excited to have Kas on our staff at Reed Performing Arts Company!